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The Top Skill Remote Workers Need
The Top Skill Remote Workers Need

In a remote work environment, one skill becomes particularly important: Writing.

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

A convergence of technologies is swiftly transforming the world. Are you ready for its perils and opportunities?

Leading with the Heart
Leading with the Heart

Dan Pontefract & Michael Bungay Stanier on changes leaders need to make to guide their teams into better, more meaningful ways of working.

Yes, But What Has AI Done for You Lately?
Yes, But What Has AI Done for You Lately?

You’ve heard the hype about artificial intelligence (AI) being the future. Well, the future has arrived. Many businesses currently use AI for a variety of applications and now’s the time to consider what AI can…

“Make Sure You Have 35 Years of Experience. And Not One Experience Repeated 35 Times.”
Ken Allen, CEO of DHL
“Make Sure You Have 35 Years of Experience. And Not One Experience Repeated 35 Times.”

Ken Allen, CEO of DHL, looks back on his experiences of the successful turnaround of the global logistics company – and explains what executives will need tomorrow to be able to “deliver”.

Do You Miss the Office?
Do You Miss the Office?

The bad news: Work won’t be the same once the pandemic recedes. The good news: Josh Bersin's The Big Reset Playbook (and a new online "Office Noise Generator") might help you to adapt and transform.

All About AI – Part 3: Robots, Robots, Robots
All About AI – Part 3: Robots, Robots, Robots

Sometimes you need a machine to perform actions in the physical world. And that’s what we call a robot. Robots need to be able to sense the world and to act upon it.

Lessons from the Top of the World
Lessons from the Top of the World

Business writers find insight for leaders from the challenges and deadly hazards of climbing Mount Everest. What’s in it for you?

Social Capital Is Like Money in the Bank
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Social Capital Is Like Money in the Bank

Building a network of colleagues and friends is an essential part of working and advancing in your career. Several techniques make it as painless as possible. 

Collaborate to Motivate
Collaborate to Motivate

Let your enthusiasm for the task at hand motivate your colleagues and employees to perform at a consistently high level. 

The COVID Recession Is Female
The COVID Recession Is Female

The pandemic sent employees home to work at the same time child care centers and schools closed, placing an untenable burden on families that’s now driving women from the workforce. Here’s what companies can do. 

Deepfakes: Can AI Restore Trust?
Deepfakes: Can AI Restore Trust?

The rise of fake information and the proliferation of artificially generated narratives are challenging. Will AI help make sure the most accurate information prevails?

The Fine Art of Teaching Soft Skills
The Fine Art of Teaching Soft Skills

Cultivating an appreciation for tact, basic fairness and responsible behavior in your employees makes life easier for everyone. 

Embracing the Unknown
Embracing the Unknown

Creative thinkers view challenges through a new lens or perspective to find novel solutions.

Educate Yourself: Coronavirus Pandemic
Educate Yourself: Coronavirus Pandemic

Free Resources for the Second Wave

How to Make Remote Selling Work
How to Make Remote Selling Work

It is not exactly easy these days to provide customer care and to acquire new customers for companies – but it’s not impossible. Here’s how to do it.

Mastering Synergy Towards a Purpose
Mastering Synergy Towards a Purpose

Unfortunately, teams are not necessarily teams. Coordinating the work of several people with their own unique skills, opinions and mind-sets is a challenge. To ease the task and deliver extraordinary results, create processes that build…

Language Barriers
Language Barriers

The maintenance of our greatest cultural achievement requires constant work on our skills. You have to decide which one it’s going to be: “Ick bin ein Berliner,” or rather, “Senk you for travelling viz Deutsche…

How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace
How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace

In functional democracies, political discussions among citizens are a regular part of interpersonal exchange. That this causes problems in the workplace is a topic as old as democracy itself. But how about solutions?

Weaponized Lies
Weaponized Lies

Disinformation doesn’t just affect people or elections: Businesses need to be ready for this growing threat.

In Defense of the Office
In Defense of the Office

Remote work arrangements are here to stay. Not everybody agrees that this is a good thing.

No One Is Safe
No One Is Safe

Cybercriminals are keeping pace with the major transformation steps that many companies have taken in recent months. Here is what you need to know.

All About AI – Part 2: How Machines Learn 
All About AI – Part 2: How Machines Learn 

It’s fascinating to see what today’s machine learning algorithms do. They detect patterns and classify data based on the similarities they find in those patterns.  

How to Get Your Message Through
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How to Get Your Message Through

Strong communication skills are fundamental to giving and receiving information, building consensus and making decisions in any organization.

Navigate A Time of Topsy-Turvy
Navigate A Time of Topsy-Turvy

with Michael Bungay Stanier

Keep It Simple
Keep It Simple

The best way to succeed in a complex world.

The Business Case for Compassion
The Business Case for Compassion

Empathetic understanding of your colleagues and customers isn’t just a natural human quality that warms up interpersonal interactions: It’s essential to meeting people where they are and leading them.

Resilient Leader, Resilient Team
Resilient Leader, Resilient Team

An agile organization responds to whatever changes the marketplace throws at it. But ironically, navigating change smoothly requires consistency.

Feedback: Embrace It, Don’t Brace for It
Feedback: Embrace It, Don’t Brace for It

The topic of giving and receiving feedback is in many people’s mind as performance review season is approaching.

What’s Next?
What’s Next?

The number of workers hoping to continue working remotely increases, but so do the challenges. Here is how to deal with them.

Employers Offering Permanent Remote Work Options Nearly Double Since Pandemic Start
Employers Offering Permanent Remote Work Options Nearly Double Since Pandemic Start

Employers changing remote work policies increase to 38%, according to our survey.

Heed the Villagers’ Warnings
Heed the Villagers’ Warnings

Bram Stokers Dracula Or: Puritan Meets Prince of Darkness

“In Times of Confusion, It’s Crucial That the Message Gets Through.”
Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo / Photo by Bryce Vickmark/MIT/UPI/laif
“In Times of Confusion, It’s Crucial That the Message Gets Through.”

Nobel Laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit V. Banerjee on the surprisingly commonsensical nature of economics, and how COVID-19 will affect the global fight against poverty and the quality of economic policy.

No Innovation Without Inspiration
No Innovation Without Inspiration

Let's have a look at the rules of stimulating innovation.

Vote for Your Book of the Year!
Vote for Your Book of the Year!

For the 20th anniversary edition of the getAbstract International Book Award, readers are invited to cast their votes for the Readers’ Choice Award.

The Selection Criteria
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The Selection Criteria

Discover how our jury narrowed down over 10,000 recent releases to just 10 finalists, before selecting the shortlist – and finally the winners.

AI for Survival of the Fittest?
AI for Survival of the Fittest?

From Charles Darwin to Elon Musk: How artificial intelligence will influence human evolution and natural selection.

“Bullying Destroys Trust”
“Bullying Destroys Trust”

Bullying remains a persistent workplace problem, compromising people’s well-being, motivation and productivity. How do you recognize bullies, and what can you do if you witness or become a victim of bullying?

“The book was always meant to be useful!”
“The book was always meant to be useful!”

getAbstract asks Clive Priddle, editor and publisher, five questions about the getAbstract International Book Award-winning title Good Economics for Hard Times, including working lunches in Paris and making complex concepts comprehensible.

Leading for Well-Being
Leading for Well-Being

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. From sponsoring exercise programs to creating a values-based work culture, there is a lot you can do as a leader to help your employees thrive.

The Notorious R.B.G.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg / Photo: Todd Maisel/Polaris/laif
The Notorious R.B.G.

The world mourns the passing of one of the most influential legal minds of the 20th century. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career set as many remarkable precedents as her landmark cases.

“Passivity Is Depressing, Activity Is Energizing.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter / Photo: Jason Grow
“Passivity Is Depressing, Activity Is Energizing.”

The doyenne of leadership experts, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, on the importance of advanced leadership in times of crisis, more diversity at the executive level, and the need to reinvent institutions.

“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”
“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”

The mainstream economics notion that unfettered growth accompanied by greater consumption and productivity benefits society is false, argues Rob Dietz, Program Director at the Post Carbon Institute. In an interview with getAbstract, he shares his…

“Hello, How Are You?”
You would be surprised how many employees know the difference between an artificial and a real smile. Even if you move the corners of your mouth remotely.
“Hello, How Are You?”

In times when the whole world is wondering how best to get through the current crisis, small things make the difference. For example, taking an honest interest in your employees.

“If a Diversity Expert Can Fail So Epically, Anyone Can.”
“If a Diversity Expert Can Fail So Epically, Anyone Can.”

Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran on subtle acts of exclusion, how to recognize them, how to avoid them and how to deal with them proactively – on both sides of a conversation.

Looking Beyond the Water Cooler
Looking Beyond the Water Cooler

There is no substitute to person-to-person bonding. But there are ways to address the same needs in a new way – or at least to bring more humanity into our online interactions.

“Education Ministries Across Latin America Have Been Quite Creative.”
Lima city at lockdown on coronavirus pandemic in 2020 / Photo: Christian Vinces / getty
“Education Ministries Across Latin America Have Been Quite Creative.”

Learning loss, especially among the world's poor, is a major concern following months of school lockdowns. Yet new teaching tools and digital initiatives rolled out during the pandemic could benefit the cause of improving literacy…

Glitz, Glamor and a Very Sad Man
Glitz, Glamor and a Very Sad Man

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Or: How Not to Be Murdered by Your Mistress’s Husband’s Mistress’s Husband.

“Can You Read Other People’s Emotions?”
“Can You Read Other People’s Emotions?”

What’s going on in our minds remains a great mystery, but cutting-edge research is starting to offer some clues. When it comes to emotions, it turns out, many commonly held assumptions are wrong.

“Our Level of Knowledge About China Is Not Sufficient”
“Our Level of Knowledge About China Is Not Sufficient”

China is systematically trying to expand its influence in the world. China expert Mareike Ohlberg – co-author of Hidden Hand – Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World – speaks of infiltration.…